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Posted 2007-05-28 09:36:28
Hope i can find some useful info from someone with knowledge of marrying a Thai Lady.
My friend holding a UK passport and currently working in Saudi will be marrying his Thai gf but is unsure what is needed.
Could anyone kindly let me know which documents are required.
Again please post only helpful comments.
Thanks in advance for any info,
Posted 2007-05-28 12:16:52
When I married with my american husband we hire lawyer officer for do translation your document in Thai and your wife document in English and they went to consular for signator approved.
1st we went to my husband embassy for get his single document . He filled the form and paid fee, and afterthat gave document to lawyer then they do for us and took us to Amphur (district) . For yourself just document confirm you are single that time and passport.
For your wife copy of her ID and Tabeanbaan (document to show where she lives).
PS: we married April'2006 and every thing finish in a day..just document approved from consular 2 days but if you dnt need for apply visa then no need it.
I think should not much diffrence.
Posted 2007-05-28 14:36:23
tell your friend,
before coming to thailand, to get a letter from his employer, saying he has been employed for x years and earns y pounds per month/year.
he will need to go to the british embassay to get a letter from them saying its ok to marry, sorry cannt remember name of it or how much, the brit embassay will know the letter.
come out of the brit embassay and turn right and walk towards ploenchit rd, go over the footbridge, there are plenty of translation providers there, who will translate the letter into thai.
they will also arrange to take care of everything regarding going to amphor office etc.
if your friend wants to take his wife to saudi, he will need to have the marriage certificate translated into arabic and stamped, the only place i know that does this is down sukhumvit 41 or 49, sorry cant remember which one, it has a sign just before the soi that says sheikul islam office in english and the address in thai above it.
if he is divorced he will need to take divorce papers with him to brit embassay.
you can also tell your friend to ask his girlfiend to go to one of the translation places and ask them what documents the girlfriend needs to bring with her, id card, taibeanbaan etc.
unless they intend doing this up country, the girl will also need to change her id card and passport if she has one, these translation placed in bkk can take care of all that.
the girl might be taken aback by the 7-8000 baht these places charge, but it is well worh it, to get everything done in one day, hassle free, and anyway the bf is earning big bucks in saudi.
hope this helps
Posted 2007-05-28 14:57:10
Some important documents, well pieces of paper, that are needed for marrying a Thai lady are those retangular ones that you get by putting a card into a machine and pressing numbers.
Bank notes I think they are called.
Posted 2007-05-28 15:27:12
Posted 2007-05-29 09:17:49
The first and most important document you need is a cashier's check for at least $100,000 CASH, which you hand over to the one you're madly in love with. They may ask you to change your will, leaving her "everything". All your ex-wives, and children from various failed marriages will get ZIPPO. The third document, well, it's not really a document, it's your ATM card, with a minimum cash advance limit of $600 per day.
For any other documents, see a lawyer, who no doubt will find a way to get themself listed as a beneficiary in any insurance policies he/she/shim sets up.
Posted 2007-05-29 21:25:26
Some interesting posts.. but not really that helpful... I would strongly suggest hiring a lawyer to do the job, the costs are about 10,000 Baht. You might want to also consider a pre-nup as well.
rgs2001UK's post gives a lot of good details...
You can contact the lawyer I used at the following email address Pearson.Thongoui@gmail.com , then you can discuss your requirements with them if you want.
Posted 2007-05-29 21:38:42
Just the letter of being single from the embassy (24 hour wait) passport,
then when he picks up the letter get it translated into thai 200-300 baht,
then go to a local ampur office with the paper and passport, and g/f id card and blue book, answer a couple of questions pay your money job done
Posted 2007-06-01 18:01:31
Thanks for the informative replies.. guess there would be some anal suggestions there also..
Posted 2007-06-01 18:08:35
Thanks for the reply,,, i imagine you got tons of giggles from it, i was seriously doubled up and couldnt stop laughing...what a joker you are..
Posted 2007-06-01 18:14:34
Yo weho ,,, HOW MUCH ,,,,,no way im calling the tourist police
Posted 2007-06-01 18:45:45
to marry a Thai Lady you need a "freedom to marry" (in whatever form it takes) from your embassy, which needs translation to Thai, then you head to the Amphur and get the job done.
I used a translation service which was a lot easier than doing the job myself.
Posted 2007-06-02 22:27:27
The freedom to marry paper has to be obtained from your Embassy and any previous marriage will require divorce paperwork. That document is than translated into Thai and most importantly registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Translation service may provide that service or you can do yourself - but it must be done. Once you have that paper with the registration seal/number you can go to any district office with the wife to register the marriage. District Office will want two witness (office staff usually can be used) and if you do not speak Thai, and they are not good at English, they may insist you have someone to translate for you. So he need passport and any divorce papers and funds to pay the fees (not really very much). It can be done in a day with help or perhaps several days if you do yourself and don't pay expedition fees.
Posted 2007-06-03 11:25:50
Besides love a Pre_nuptial agreement that protects both husband and wife is important. Have a Thai lawyer represent your wife so she cannot say she didn't understand what she signed. If you are a non Thai female, have a Thai lawyer represent your Thai husband to be for the same reasons.
Posted 2007-06-04 18:31:04
Sorry if not erudite and informative for you.
Yes was a little joke, may not have made you laugh but donít care really. The idea on this site, I think, is to be informative and to have some fun. So sorry if too childish and low brow for you.
Posted 2008-01-13 21:33:16
What documents from you do the embassy require for this? I mean, surely they don't know if you are married or not? Or is that information on their computer? Do you need to bring some document from your country to prove you arn't married already and give this to the embassy? I am in the UK and will be marrying in July and so i need all the info i can get to prepare it and take it with me when i go in July,
Posted 2008-01-13 22:06:14
Also i have been reading conflicting post regarding what documents i need to bring.... Can someone who is a uk citizen and who has recently married a Thai lady please tell me all the documents i need to bring, So far i found i need:
1) Affirmation of freedom to marry,
3) wage slip (Latest one),
Should i also bring a bank statement to prove my address?
Also on the affirmation it asks for 2 references and some places i read up on say it cant be a family member, But other places i read say it can be a family member? So does anyone know if i can actually use someone like my mother and father as a reference or should i just use 2 friends names and addresses?
Posted 2008-01-21 13:20:27
Hi Farside, I'm British and going to the district office tomorrow to register marriage with my Thai girlfriend tomorrow (Tuesday 22 Jan). The Affirmation of Freedom to Marry form isn't checked as far as I can tell to ensure that it is true, it is just a legal document that can be referred back to in case of future dispute. I don't believe they have a computer record or similar source by which they verify that your declaration is true. So, there's no chance of your Affirmation form being rejected, unsigned by the consul.
I've heard some pretty conflicting reports of what to take, too. When waiting at the British Embassy, a Thai lady from Issan and her Brit boyfriend were also getting the Affirmation form signed, and she said we'd need to prove how we met, how long we've known each other, and other paper forms of evidence substantiating our relationship. Frankly I don't believe that, so I'm not going to take any such thing. I met my girlfriend 5 years ago when we worked together in a Bangkok office, but in my opinion such facts are irrelevant to the registry office recording your marriage. This is not my country or culture, however, so I am prepared to be surprised.
I'm going to take my passport, and the stamped translation of the Freedom to Marry form. Nothing more. See the official advice from http://www.britishembassy.gov.uk, search for 'marriage' and find the 'Guidance for British Nationals Wishing to Marry in Thailand' page.
I gave my mother and an old family friend as references, both UK residents. As far as I can tell they weren't checked in any way, I wouldn't worry too much about if it I were you. My form is stamped and things are looking good for tomorrow at the registry office.
A word of warning about the translation, if you haven't already had it done: be sure to tell the translation office how to pronounce any of the English names before they do the translation. They translated my surname in an odd way that I'd have rather they did correctly. See my topic http://www.thaivisa....p;#entry1772201.
When are you visiting the registry office? I'll try to come back and post how it goes tomorrow to confirm what I needed. Your milage may vary, of course. The ominous phrase on the embassy website, "The affirmation and translation are then ready for submission to the registrar, who, if satisfied, will register the marriage and issue a Thai marriage certificate.", implies that there may be some circumstances that may not satisfy the registrar.
Posted 2008-01-23 13:25:16
We got back from the Bang Rak office a happily married couple yesterday. I took my passport, and the translated Affirmation of Freedom to Marry form, nothing else. My girlfriend said she was asked how long we had been living together (we hadn't, we won't share a house until properly married, according to her family's wishes), and how many children we had (none). No documentary evidence of any of this, or anything else, was required. I even overstated my income, forgetting that tax is deducted at some point (my income is fairly erratic and taken as dividends at irregular intervals from a company), but they didn't ask anything about it.
So, exactly as lopburi3 says earlier, I just wanted to confirm that I've personally been through this recently and it went as I described
Posted 2008-01-23 13:53:57
Hello here henkjan,i am married on the 12 e november last year,
You need a certificate of capacity to contract marriage,that means you are not married,a official paper from your homecity,
You need official paper birthdate,birthplace from your homecity,
You need a paper stated from company er iff titired from govermant how much you get in a month or year,for married 45k a month income,
You need pasport + copy from you and your lady (ID card)
Famely book from lady,living adres from lady,
You bring those papers first to your embasy in bangkok,same day back and stamped.
You take all paperwork to a laywer office for translation (about 10K)
After you get back the papers they bring you and your lady to the amphur and in 10 min you are married.
Posted 2008-01-23 14:17:42
Im a Brit and married a Thai in Bangkok 12 months ago.
90% of the information I needed was obtained from the british Embassy in Bangkok.
The remaining information & paperwork was carried out by a translation service a few hundred yards from the embassy (Master Class Translation. Recommended by a member of this forum)
Your parents CAN be used as referees on the affirmation of freedom to marry.
You do NOT need to produce wage slips.
You do NOT need your birth certificate.
You NEED divorce papers if you have been divorced.
Total cost 12,000 baht. Inclusive of all translations, Amphurs fees and transport to and from amphurs office.
Posted 2008-01-23 20:10:43
I'm surpised by the amounts being quoted here! I visited a translation office on Wireless Road after leaving my Affirmation form with the British Embassy to be signed. The translation office charged me 300 baht to pick it up the next day for me from the Embassy, translate it, and return it to my home address in Lad Phrao by motocycle courier. I used their extended service instead, so for 2,500 baht they did all that, and also went to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to get the stamp there too, using the same-day service. The fee the Ministry charged was included in the 2,500 baht. The office was (from their business card..) "Tiger Gold Visa Service & Travel Ltd" firstname.lastname@example.org phone 02-252-9020, 112 Wireless Road, Maxim House Building (go in, lift to the 6th floor, in and on your right). Don't forget to confirm the spelling of names in Thai before you commission any translation, in case they inadvertently use a spelling in Thai that you're not happy with!
Since the registry office charged me about 440 baht total, it all cost me under 3,000 baht. I'm not including transport costs that Shrubbery seems to be including, but for me that was a couple of hundred baht to get about Bangkok.
And again, the only docs I needed were my passport and the Affirmation (translated and stamped by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
henkjan, what nationality are you, and do you think that your nationality caused you to need more documents than us Brits?
Posted 2008-01-23 22:43:29
What does the marriage service or ceremony consist of? Is it similar to a registry office wedding in the UK?
Posted 2008-01-27 20:25:43
Hopefully this is a mariage of love and the above is not the case